Mobile grocery vehicles, services for social media entrepreneurs, and a love wrap. These were some of the innovative ideas presented at the third Sandbox Pitch Contest at Chester’s-Bell Tower Square in Lawrence on September 13th. Over 100 people filled the room see eight entrepreneurs square off and pitch their education, environment, and human services ideas (read more below).
The evening kicked off with entrepreneurs showcasing their products. This was an opportunity for area business and non-profit people to connect with these entrepreneurs and give them advice and feedback on their idea.
Then the pitches began! Entrepreneurs were given two and a half minutes for their pitch. One of the more memorable pitches was from Sean Love, creator of The Love Wrap (an eco-friendly clothing barrier keeps one’s clothes fresh and clean away from things like a drooling child). Love decided to make his presentation more effective by having an actual baby on stage!
The last pitch slot was given to the “Wild Card” For applicants who did make it into the finals, they were given the opportunity to put their name in a hat. If chosen, they would be able to pitch on the spot. Harlyene Goss’s name was picked, and had the opportunity to pitch Emergency Medical Info Kits. After much debate and deliberation, the judges came to a decision. All of the winners had a connection to the Merrimack Valley. Take a look!
Jessica Wilson, who works in Lowell and lives in Lawrence, took home the top prize for Videographer Startup Boost. Her idea offers video and social media entrepreneurs training in videography, editing, social media services, customer service, and business development.
2nd Place & Fan Favorite
Nicolette Nordin Heavey, who works in Lawrence, captivated both the judges and audience for Stories in the Streets. Her idea brings storytelling and books to families and children in various locations in Lawrence, including playgrounds, farmer’s markets, and food bank lines.
Harlyene D. Goss, who works in Lawrence, cashed in on the “Wild Card” spot and won third place for Emergency Medical Info Kits. Her idea provides individual’s emergency contact information and medical history data readily available in a magnetic vinyl envelope in case of a medical emergency.
Bell Tower Foods
Bell Tower Foods (BTF) promotes a healthy diet by selling produce and staple food items through their mobile grocery vehicles. BTF aims to make purchasing produce and other healthy staples more convenient and change the shopping experience to reflect the value of healthiness and freshness of product.
Emergency Medical Info Kits
Emergency Medical Info Kits provides individual’s emergency contact information and medical history data readily available in a magnetic vinyl envelope in case of a medical emergency.
Hydroponic Greenhouse Project
This project of CLASS, Inc. aims to build hydroponic greenhouses and hire and train people with disabilities to be farmers. The end goal of the program is to help people with disabilities become self-sufficient while giving the community access to fresh and healthy produce.
Stories in the Streets
Stories in the Streets© brings stories, storytelling and books to families and children wherever they gather. This project reaches families in Lawrence whether it be at a farmer’s market, a park playground, a community festival, a food bank line, or a more traditional literacy venue, such as school auditorium or public library. Stories in the Streets© gives a free book to every child that listens to a story.
The Love Wrap
The Love Wrap is an eco-friendly clothing barrier that keeps your clothes fresh and clean! This product is a wrap-around shawl made of super soft, pre-shrunk organic cotton. It’s made to fit women and men of all body builds.
Videographer Startup Boost
Videographer Startup Boost offers video and social media entrepreneurs training in videography, editing, social media services, customer service, and business development. This project is a partnership between the Lowell Telecommunications Corporation and the Merrimack Valley Small Business Center.
YourAppAdviser is an asynchronous learning program that provides students section by section guidance for the Common App. As students work through the various sections and questions on the Common App, this program provides videos, presentations, and interactive exercises that will help them craft thoughtful responses to each question. Overall, this provides students a window into how college admissions officers think, and to thereby help them craft a more effective college application.
Women’s Path to Employment
Women’s Path to Employment helps unemployed women in Lawrence by preparing them for job interviews through education, interview preparation, and access to professional clothing.
In attendance, were five special guest judges from around the region. They included (from left to right):
• Nathan Rothstein – President, Project Repat
• Anita Worden – Chairwoman, Solectria Renewables
• Adam Baacke – Assistant City Manager, City of Lowell
• Jean Hammond – Angel Investor/Entrepreneur (Boston Globe’s “Top 25 Innovation Amplifiers”)
• Frank Carvalho – Executive Director, Mill Cities Community Investments